History Ludell Manufacturing


Ludell was founded by Bill Lutzen and Jack Odle in 1948, originally as a custom fabricator of engineered heat transfer energy saving equipment serving local industries. The company soon developed its own line of proprietary heat exchangers and pressure vessels engineered to ASME Code design and heat recovery equipment, industrial laundry equipment, and direct contact water heaters.

In 1953 the company moved to its present location at 5200 West State Street in Milwaukee, WI. In 1961 Lutzen bought out Odle, and the company continued to expand operations, serving the laundry, food processing, chemical, tannery and concrete industries and others needing large supplies of hot water and water conservation equipment.

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On July 1, 1996 Ludell was sold to Ellis Corporation out of Itasca, IL. Today, Ludell continues to produce hot water energy conservation equipment and has expanded its line of direct contact water heaters, as well as became a fabricator of parts for Ellis and other industrial manufacturers.


Mark Liberto Senior Sales Engineer


Senior Sales Engineer

Mark Liberto has been in Engineering and Sales at Ludell since 1984. Along with his knowledge of laundry water systems and project management, he also brings previous experience in specialty heat exchangers, pressure vessel and boiler systems engineering, and energy management systems. With this experience, Mark understands the customer’s needs from initial design to final sale.




Our expert field service technicians have had years of experience in the field and oversee all installations for Direct Contact Water Heaters and Waste Water Heat Recovery Systems to ensure a smooth start up.

For ongoing support, Ludell technicians are readily available to help trouble shoot any issue that may arise for your Ludell equipment or competitor equipment. For more in depth situations, appointments can also be made for on site service calls.

Ensuring our best-in-class service to our customers, there is always someone available to answer your technical questions during or after business hours.

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Ludell also carries inventory for any part you might need. Just contact us with your company name and shipping address, equipment serial number, part name and quantity of the part in question and we will fulfill your request as soon as possible in order to minimize down time for your facility.